Here's a story from: Wausau, WI (US)
Added: Monday, June 18th, 2012
I was a non-trad student. Started SLCC at age 40 and certainly lacked confidence. I took one college course just to see if I could pass a college class. My husband had a degree from SLU and we had 3 children. I knew that one day I would be sitting at the kitchen table with 4 family members who had degrees (3 that I would have help pay for.) I was envious of the opportunities they had to higher education. I was told by someone "well if you really want a degree go get it. No one hands you a degree, you earn it." I never thought I would do more than take that first class just to prove I had the ability. I received such positive feedback from that first course and my English professor. He suggested not only that I pursue a 2 year degree but that I take honors courses. I found my voice, my confidence, my path to analytical thinking at SLCC. I earned a 2 year degree by taking tele-courses and classes at all of the 3 campuses. Whatever fit my schedule was where I showed up; but show up I did. I did not give up. From there I went onto earn my B.A. in history and my M. A. in history from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and then to the University of Cincinnati to receive my Ph D in history. For the past 10 years I have taught History and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Marathon County. I am forever grateful for the wonderful opportunities I have received with my SLCC education.
-- Connie F. Sexauer attended in the 1980's